Tuesday, April 29, 2008
WHAT THE FUCK!!!
This morning I saw a Dairy Queen commercial that pissed me off to absolutely no end. Picture it:
A young mother and her pre-teen daughter are in line at DQ. The mother asks the clerk for two sundaes. The young girl looks around the room, catches the eye of a pre-teen boy, turns back to the counter and tells the clerk, "Just one sundae." The mother looks on stunned, but doesn't dispute the daughter. They take a seat in a booth, and suddenly a
DQ clerk walks over and places a sundae in front of the girl telling her it's compliments of the young boy she had made eye contact with while she was in line. The girl coyly smiles at the boy, turns back to face her mother and says, "Like Taking Candy from A Baby!"
(Or something like that. I don't recall the exact words. By the time it got to this point in the commercial I was furious!)
Is it just me, is this fucking ridiculous. What in the hell are we teaching our children; manipulation, deception, dishonesty are the best ways to get what you want? Screw everyone else, or how they might feel. Who thought this was an appropriate commercial? Or am I just fucking clueless, and this is the way the world works now? Somebody help me out with this one. Because I just don't get it. What has become of us? Does anyone think that maybe shit like this is the reason no one thinks of the anyone else anymore. It's all about what "I" want, no matter who I have to use, step on, or abuse to get it. Fuck it, as long as I get what I want. What happened to things like: "Do Onto Others, and Respect For Your Fellow Man. To name just two.
Okay, okay, I'm done ranting. I'll step off my soapbox now. I just hope I'm not in the minority on this one. Please someone tell me I'm not crazy for being outraged. Someone tell me we have a chance. Someone tell me, this is not what we have all become. PLEASE!!! SOMEONE TELL ME SOMETHING, PLEASE!!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
LOOK WHAT I GOT IN THE MAIL TODAY
I finally ordered my dress form. And I have to ask myself, what was I waiting for? Already I can see where this is going to become an invaluable accessory in the future. It took me a few attempts to get it assembled, but it's set up and standing in the corner waiting for it's first project.
Another surprise was a book I had been thinking about ordering for months. As far as I knew the release date for the book had been moved several times. So I decided I would pre-order it, and to my surprise, it was available to ship. And it came today. WooHoo!!! I see several little creepies in the near future. I love the little ninja on the cover.
I'd like to get at least one of my WIP's completed this weekend. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it. And have a great weekend yourselves!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
WHAT'S GOING ON???
This morning I had plans to go shopping with my aunt. When she picked me up, she was furious. I asked her what was wrong. She said, "Someone stole the solar lights from in front of my house!" That's right, someone stole the solar lights that lined the front of her house. That in and of itself is a shame. But what was even worst is, I wasn't completed shocked by this. When she told my mom, she wasn't shocked. When she told her friend, she wasn't shocked. Times are getting so tough, and the things people steal are getting so strange, that the theft of something as simple as solar lights isn't a surprise to that many people. What is this world coming to? I'm not really sure I want to know.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I know I've been away far too long. And I don't really have an excuse. I just haven't been able to express myself lately. If you've been following my blog, you'll know I've been on YouTube a lot lately. And I've shared several videos I enjoyed. But now it's time for me to get back to what this blog is really about. Knitting!!!
These little cuties, "Whatsit", were made by one of the wonderful young ladies I knit with on Tuesdays. She actually made one for each of the regular Tuesday knitters. And her mom made one for one young lady's son. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I have a great group of friends.
About a week ago, while knitting at Panera, a woman came in wearing the coolest boots I had ever seen. She was nice enough to let me take a picture. I guess you can see why I liked them so much. That's right they're knitted. Needless to say, I had to figure out how to make a pair for myself. First, I found a pattern (Prairie Boots) on Ravelry that is identical to the stitch pattern that is on the boots. Ravelry is a godsend. I purchased it immediately, bought yarn and cast on my first boot. Unfortunately, the yarn I bought (Lamb's Pride Bulky) was far too thick and thin to make a consistent stitch pattern on the boot. It really bugged the hell out of me. You can only see a few of the bumps in the picture, but take my word for it. They look horrible.
I cast on the pattern again with a different yarn, Bernat Softee Chunky, and the stitches look much better. Unfortunately they still don't have the weight I would need for the boots to be successful outside boots.
I'm going to put this project off for a while. At least until I can come up with a better yarn choice. Or some other idea that will make these possible as outside boots.
Now I'm off to get back to work on my current Amigurumi. I'll try to post more frequently this week.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
WHERE DID MY KNITTING MOJO GO???
Over the last couple of weeks it seems that my knitting mojo has all but disappeared. And I'm starting to get a little worried. I have started a lace shawl, cast on three single socks, and done all but the finishing on an amigurumi blue bird. But I can't seem to make myself finish anything. I'm barely finding the inspiration to even work on anything. Which is really strange considering I knit with friends three or four days a week. At first I thought it was just my fascination with my new MacBook. But now I'm not so sure. And I can only hope to turn this around really soon.
What do you do to bring back the magic?
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I'm hoping it's finally here. I'm so sick of snow. And weather variations of twenty degrees in a few hours. It's wreaking havoc on my desire to knit/crochet. For the last week or so, I found myself not interested in working on any of my existing projects. But I have found time to start a couple of new ones.
Here's the beginning of my Bluebird. The pattern for this little cutie came from one of my Japanese Amigurumi books. I got all the pieces done yesterday while at knitting, but couldn't put them together because I forgot to bring some stuffing with me. Hopefully I'll have some finished photos to share this evening.
And this is my Juno from Knitty. The yarn was dyed by a good friend, M., and the purple and gold colors are going to be gorgeous.
I also finally broke down and ordered some of the Raven Series Socks That Rock yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. No pictures seem to be able to do justice to these beautiful skeins of yarn. The colors are so subtle, that even I didn't notice some of the variations until I held them up in the sunlight. If you can, I'd suggest you get yourself a skein or two. They are more beautiful in person than be could imagined.
Have a great day. I'm certainly going to try to.